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pto•maine



Pronunciation: (tō'mān, tō-mān'), [key]
n.
any of a class of foul-smelling nitrogenous substances produced by bacteria during putrefaction of animal or plant protein: formerly thought to be toxic.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

Ptolemy IIptomaine poisoning
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